MAYFIELD TWP. — Lapeer County Road Commission Director Rick Pearson will retire from the road agency on Thursday, May 26 after 35 years. Wednesday afternoon, he attended his last Road Commission Board meeting at which time he was honored for his service.
Pearson’s four children, his wife, 12 grandchildren and his parents attended the meeting to witness his last meeting prior to his last day with the Road Commission on Thursday.
State Rep. Gary Howell, R-Deerfield Township, presented a proclamation on behalf of the State of Michigan to recognize his 35-year career with the Lapeer County Road Commission. Pearson started as a welder and worked his way through the ranks to become director.
“This has been a great place to work. It’s been a real pleasure. I think the organization is in the best position it has been,” said Pearson. “That’s my family (pointing to family assembled in meeting chambers), but this is my second family. I look forward to spending more time with them now. Thank you very much.”
County highway engineer Destain Gingell was choked with emotion in his public farewell to Pearson. “It’s hard to say goodbye to a guy like you. You have been really great to work for and I’m going to miss you,” said Gingell.
Elba Township Supervisor Mike Boskee commented, “I agree that the Road Commission is in a lot better place today, and I think that’s because of your leadership.”
John Daly, the former director of the Flint Dept. of Public Works, is the new director of the Road Commission. Before being appointed to his role with the City of Flint in 2019, Daly worked as the director of the Genesee County Road Commission for 18 years. Gingell, who has more than 20 years of experience — 12 years as a consultant and eight years with the Lapeer County Road Commission, also interviewed for the director position.